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Missouri State Shipping Regulations


2021 Missouri shipping laws, regulations, rules, and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Please share your knowledge of Missouri state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

 

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Missouri maximum load limits until and trucking permits are required.

Length: 53 feet maximum. If you overhang in either direction on a 53-foot trailer (even a 1/2 inch) you are required to obtain a permit.
Width:  8 feet  6 inches.
Height: 13 feet 6 inches.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits in MO:

Length: 53 feet is the maximum. Over 90 feet combined overall requires 1 rear escort.  120 feet can be permitted. Anything over is a superload.
Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit. Some routes/distances may qualify as routine, see: state laws.
Height: 14 feet and 6 inches depending on routing/distance. To see if others qualify see the above “state laws” link.
Weight:  Single axle 20,000 pounds, 46,000 pounds on tandem axles, tridem axles 60,000 pounds (no more than 21,000 on any single in combination), quad axles 72,000 pounds (no more than 19,000 pounds on any single axle configurations), 5 axles 104,000 pounds, 6 axles 120,000 pounds, 7 axles (config. 1-2-4) 130,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles (config. 1-4-4) 156,000 pounds.
Overhang: Anything over 53 feet in length requires a permit. If you overhang or are in excess of 53 feet by a 1/2 inch you are required to obtain a permit.

Missouri superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in MO):

All superload shipments are required to have a minimum of 2 million dollars in single limit combined liability insurance. For simplicity, a superload in Missouri is any shipment in excess of the above dimensions or weights listed above in “routine”. For complete details of state laws.

Missouri load long and heavy.

When a pilot car or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by an escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length: 90 feet overall length requires 1 rear/ chase pilot car or escort vehicle if the highway is not divided.
Width:

  • 12 feet and under requires no escort.
  • 12 feet and 4 inches will require 1 rear/chase escort vehicle. 1 escort vehicle and 1 pilot car are required on non-designated roads.

Height:

  • 15 feet 6 inches on 2 lane undivided roads requires a high pole pilot car.
  • 15 feet on divided highways requires 1 pilot car with a height pole. May need route survey and bucket trucks.

Overhang:

  • Anytime the length of the load exceeds 53 feet 1 pilot car is required. Over 90 feet overall may require 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

Notes: If the shipment consists of 2 dimensions being over the legal limits 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle are required.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements, certifications.

In order to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Missouri you are required to have a minimum of the following:

Missouri state laws say pilot car/escort vehicles must be a standard size and have unrestricted vision in the front and rear. The vehicle must be in safe operating condition. “Oversize Load” signs must be displayed towards the front or rear, whichever is applicable. Signs must not be visible when not in service. Signs must be a minimum of 5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. Signs must have a yellow background color with thick (1-inch minimum) black clear, professional print quality lettering. All escort vehicles must be equipped with safety-colored red or orange fluorescent flags that can be mounted on both sides of the front of lead pilot car vehicles or both rear sides of chase escort vehicles. All vehicles involved in shipment must have 2-way radio capabilities. Insurance requirements must be a minimum of $50,000 for personal injury per person. $200,000 for accident/property damage and/or combined single limit liability of $250,000.

Note: Flaggers or any person directing or altering traffic is required to have a “flaggers certification” and be flagger certified.

Travel Restrictions.

Travel is restricted if over 12’ 4” wide in most areas to 6:30 am (or a half-hour after sunrise) until 9:00 am then resume at 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm (or a half-hour before sunset). If over 14’ wide no movement on Saturday or Sunday at all.  You may move Monday thru Friday but only. For now, consider this info as a basic guideline for estimates only. Please call the State of Missouri for exact laws. And always be sure to read the instructions on your permit(s).

Missouri DOT contact information.

Physical address and MDOT contact information:
Missouri Department of Transportation, Motor Carriers, Special Permit Office
PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-2871
Permit office hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 3:45 pm.
Missouri legal guidelines: Missouri oversize and heavy-haul regulation laws printed by the state.

Missouri oversize and heavy-haul shipping regulations, permits.

Missouri cities serviced.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Missouri State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Missouri oversize, heavy haul trucking companies, and pilot car for hire:

Missouri pilot cars and trucking escorts.
Missouri oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies.

 

Manitoba shipping regulations

2021 Manitoba DOT shipping laws, regulations, and limitations, for oversize and heavy-haul trucking over the roads and highways of Manitoba Canada.

Please share your expertise of knowledge with our other visitors below.

Legal limits.

Length: The overall maximum length without a permit is 23 meters.
Width: The maximum width allowed without a permit is 2.6 meters.
Height: 4.15 meters is the maximum height allowed by Manitoba DOT without a permit.
Weight: 9,100 kg on steer (seems high to us so NOT a confirmed number –  use reference link below), tandem axles: 17,000 kgs, tridem: 17,000 kgs,  or 3 axle combination with proper spacing of a 23,700, quadem: 31,600 kgs, 5 axle: 39,500 kgs and 6 axles: 46,500 kgs. Let me refer you to our reference on this for clarification from Manitoba DOT as there are different weight classes.
Overhang: 3′ 3″ (1 meter) in front or rear.

Routine heavy-haul and oversize trucking permits.

Length: 30 meters in length is about all you are going to get.
Width: 5 meters wide for routine permits depending on routing.
Height: Depending on routing as Manitoba DOT has designated routes the maximum height is 4.8 meters.
Weight: We were unable to get a solid figure. Manitoba DOT has different zones for weight restrictions so it all depends on which zone you need to travel in. See Manitoba DOT zone map.
Overhang: Manitoba is overhang laws with permits.

Travel times and restrictions.

Daylight travel times are defined as from sunrise to sunset in Manitoba. No travel is permitted after 3 PM on Fridays during the summer months for shipments in excess of 3.4 meters (11′ 2″) wide on seasonal restricted roads. In the spring shipments in excess of 4.6 meters (15′) in width are not allowed to travel on roads during the spring restriction times. On routes that are not seasonally restricted you may proceed (multiple lane roads) until 3 PM as long as you are no wider than 3.7 meters in width (12′ 2″) on Friday and resume travel on Saturday at sunrise however if you are in excess of 25 meters in length (82′) you are not permitted to travel after 3 PM on Fridays during the summer months if you are on a seasonally restricted highway and resume on Saturday at sunrise – you are allowed however to travel on holidays. Sunday travel is permitted for loads up to 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) in width on all roads that have no seasonal restrictions. On a single lane highway on holidays you can not exceed 3.4 meters (11′ 2″) in order to travel. On multiple lane roads, you can travel only if you are less than 3.7 meters (12′ 2″). This is very confusing so always refer to your permit for final verification but to help the matter lets go over the restricted routes:

  • Highway 1 from Falcon Lake to the Manitoba/Ontario border.
  • Highway 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 44, 307, 313, 317.
  • Highway 10 from the US border to Riding Mountain National Park.
  • Highway 11 but only north of highway 44.
  • Highway 12 but only north of highway 15.
  • Highway 59 from the west boundary line of Brokenhead to Grand Beach and the South perimeter of St. Malo

Here is the Manitoba link for spring road restrictions with zones to help you with interpretation. Holidays observed are New years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing day.

Superload information.

We will do more research on superloads in Manitoba in the future. The Manitoba DOT documentation does not cover or mention much about them so we will need to speak with someone on the phone. We are able to see that they are well versed in shipping superloads as they mention in their online documentation that there will make arrangements to remove roadside signs and replace them for shipments that are in excess of the road width. We will get back to this section soon but in the meantime appreciate any comments you may be able to leave for other visitors below.

Pilot car are escort vehicle information.

Manitoba DOT requires you to have a pilot car if your shipment is in excess of any of the following regulated limits:

Length: Shipments that are in excess of 30 meters (98′ 5″) long require 1 pilot car/escort vehicle on the rear of the shipment on all roads. For shipments that include a booster of a jeep that is over 31 meters (101′ 9″), you are required to have 1 rear pilot car vehicle on all roads.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 4.6 meters (15′) wide then you are required to have 1 front pilot car on single lane roads and 1 rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. If your load is in excess of 3.66 meters (12′) but less than 4.55 meters ( 14′ 7″) then you are permitted to travel at night as long as you have 1 front and 1 read pilot car/escort vehicle on all roads and highways. Mobile homes can travel at night on multiple lane roads as long as it does not exceed 5 meters wide (16′ 4″) but are required to have 1 pilot car on the rear.
Height: If you are approved for a shipment that is over the legal limits Manitoba DOT has designated routes and you are not required to have a pilot car.
Weight: As long as your shipment is able to maintain the minimum speed requirements you will more than likely not be required to have a pilot car as long as your shipment is overweight only.
Overhang: Overhang is approved on a case-by-case basis. Check with the Manitoba DOT for further information to see if your shipment will require a pilot car due to excessive overhang.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators are required to take a Manitoba DOT certification course in order to operate in this province. The certification program is recognized by all US jurisdictions that require PEVO except for New York state. Your vehicle is required to have a lighted sign box that is a minimum of 180 cm x 35 cm x 10 cm (72″ x 14″ x 4″), 2 – 175 mm (7″) diameter flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign-box on each side with 2 amber strobing or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well. The sign-box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). The sign-box must have either a red and white D sign or a yellow with black lettering stating “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD”,  OR “LONG LOAD”. If you have the “D” sign your letter must be no less than 20 cm (8″) in height with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. If you have the yellow sign your lettering must be no less than 20 cm (8″) with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. The sign-box must be mounted on the top of the vehicle and covered when not in operation. You are also expected to have the following items inside of the vehicle: CB radio or high powered 2-way radio, first aid kit, fire extinguisher type A, B & C of at least 2 liters, 3 reflective road triangles, 3 traffic cones, reflective vest (worn while working), slow/stop sign, 3 red or orange safety colored flags no less than 40 x 40 cm (16″ x 16″), nose cone flashlight and a hard hat.

To operate in Manitoba you must obtain a light permit. More information is available by calling: 204-985-0920

Shipment, truck, and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer, and shipment required signs, banners, and flags in Manitoba:

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). All 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment and any obtrusive points must have flags mounted to them that are safety red or orange in color no less than 40 cm x 40 cm (16″ x 16″) and have the flags exchanged for lighting if moving during the night. A sign stating the nature of the load; “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” must be mounted to the front and rear of the overall shipment. Signs must be a minimum of 12′ in height and 6′ in width with a yellow background and black letting with lettering thickness no less than 4 cm (1 5/8″) thick.

Manitoba DOT contact and other information.

Manitoba DOT – Central Permit Office
Telephone help line, Winnipeg; 877-812-0009 or 204-945-3961 (compliance: 204-945-3890)
Fax line: 204-945-3961
Hours of service: 7:30 AM until 6 PM Monday thru Friday – CENTRAL TIME ZONE.
Manitoba DOT oversize and overweight trucking permits website.
Manitoba spring thaw road restrictions information.
Manitoba DOT axle and axle group weight definitions and restrictions.
Manitoba province current road conditions and closure information.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Manitoba Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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See also:

Manitoba frost and thaw laws.
Frost law introduction.
Manitoba road closures and reports.
How to start a pilot car company.
Manitoba heavy-haul trucking companies.
Manitoba pilot cars and truck escorts.

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Montana state shipping regulations.

Montana state shipping regulations.

2021 Montana oversize and over-weight shipping laws and regulations.

Official 2021 Montana state over the road transport laws, regulations, and guidelines. Legal maximum dimensions and/or weight limits. Shipments in excess of the following weights/dimensions will require special permit approval from the state.

Maximum dimensions/weights allowed without a permit.

Any shipment exceeding any of the following dimensions or weights requires a special permit issued from the state.

Length: 75 feet maximum combined total overall.
Width: 8’6″.
Height: 14 feet.
Weight: 80,000 pounds. 20,000 pounds on any steer axle. Divisible loads may exceed 80,000 without an overweight permit as long as all axle group spacings and weights are legal. Truck drivers must have a special DMV endorsement for additional weight.

Maximum dimensions/weights of routinely permitted shipments.

If a proposed shipment is in excess of any of the following dimensions or weights it is considered a superload. Superloads require extensive review in order to be granted permits.

Length: 110 feet (33.528 meters).
Width: 18 feet (5.4864 meters).
Height:  17 feet (5.1816 meters) on most routes.
Weight: 100,000 pounds (45359.237 kilograms).

When pilot cars/escort vehicles are required.

If your shipment pertains to any of the following you will be required to have pilot cars or escorts.

Length: On two-lane roads over 105′ one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear is required. Four lanes over 120’ only require one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.
Width: Two lanes over 12′ one pilot car or escort vehicle in front. Two lanes over 14′ one pilot car or escort vehicle in front and one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear. Four lanes 14′ to 18′ one pilot car or escort in the rear.
Height: Not Specified; Up to the company because they are responsible for all structures.

Travel times and holiday restrictions.

Continuous travel is permitted for loads not exceeding 10′ wide, 15′-6″ high, or 110′ in length.  Daylight hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Saturday and Sunday travel is allowed for loads not exceeding 18′ wide, 18′ high, or 120′ in length except on designated highways – refer to your actual permit instructions.

Restricted travel routes should be documented on your permit. Restricted routes do not permit travel after 3:00 pm Friday thru Saturday, and from 12:00 PM on Sunday until sunrise on Monday if the dimensions exceed 10′ wide, 14′-6″ high or 110′ in length. No travel is permitted after 4:00 pm Friday until Monday morning if the dimensions exceed 18′ wide, 18′ high, or 120′ in length.

Holiday travel is usually permitted for loads that do not exceed: 10′ wide, 14′-6″ high or 110′ in length.

Superload information.

Superload (class 1) Loads exceeding 18 feet wide up to 34 feet wide, 17 feet high up to 24 feet high, and/or 150 feet long up to 200 feet long, must obtain the appropriate department district administrator or designee approval of a completed super-load permit application. The department’s decision on a complete super-load application for these dimensions must be issued within two working days of a properly completed application submittal. At the discretion of the MCS administrator or designee, any restricted travel may be waived.

Superload (class 2) Loads exceeding 34 feet wide, 24 feet high, and/or 200 feet long must obtain the appropriate department district administrator or designee approval of the super-load permit application. The department’s decision on a super-load application for these dimensions must be issued within five working days of a properly completed application submittal. At the discretion of the MCS administrator or designee, any restricted travel may be waived.

Truck & trailer. Required lights, signs, banners, flags, etc.

(1) Vehicles exceeding 10 feet in width must:

(a) Display a sign with the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” or similar wording which must be mounted at any visible height on the front and rear of the load. Letters shall not be less than 8 inches in height. The letters shall be black in color on a yellow colored background with the exception of digital signs.

(b) On the power unit, flashing amber lights, a minimum of five inches in diameter, 50 candlepower, 60 to 90 flashes per minute, shall be mounted at each end of the oversize load sign and visible 360 degrees. A single revolving light or strobe light may be substituted for flashing lights. Lights shall be flashing at all times when moving an oversize vehicle or load.

(2) Pilot vehicles may be required under ARM 18.8.511A in lieu of “oversize load” signs and flashing lights.

(3) Towing vehicles must be equipped with two-way radio communications if pilot vehicles are required under ARM 18.8.511A.

(4) Oversize load signs must be removed from the vehicle upon completion of the highway movement which necessitated the signs.

Reference credit: 18.8.510B Oversize load signs.

Pilot cars/escort vehicles. Required lights, signs, banners, flags, etc.

(1) A pilot vehicle may be any passenger car or two-axle truck a minimum of 60 inches wide. The maximum manufacturer’s rating for the pilot vehicle shall not exceed a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds. Service or mechanic trucks owned or contracted by the permittee and used as a pilot vehicle shall not exceed a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds. A pilot vehicle may not exceed legal limits of size and weight. Trucks used as pilot vehicles shall be clearly distinguished from and identifiable as the escort vehicle. A pilot vehicle may pull a trailer or carry any item or equipment which:

(a) is within legal limits of size and weight;

(b) allows an unobstructed view of the flashing lights and signs used by the pilot vehicle;

(c) complies with all state traffic laws; and

(d) possesses current registration and valid insurance.

(2) Service or mechanic trucks used as pilot vehicles must not have a utility box that extends above the cab more than 12 inches or beyond the width of the cab more than 6 inches on either side.

(3) A sign with the words “oversize load” or similar wording shall be visible from the front of the vehicle and rear of the vehicle at all times when piloting an oversize load. Letters shall not be less than 8 inches in height. The letters shall be black in color on a yellow colored background with the exception of digital signs. When not being operated as a pilot vehicle, signs must be removed.

(4) Flashing amber lights, visible 360 degrees, shall be mounted at each end of a sign with the words “oversize load” or similar wording, on the roof of the pilot vehicle. A revolving or strobe light may be substituted for flashing lights. Lights shall be flashing at all times when piloting an oversize load.

(5) All pilot vehicles shall be equipped with two-way communication.

(6) Pilot vehicles must remain within 1,000 feet of the permitted vehicle or load.

Reference credit: Regulations and equipment for pilot vehicles as defined in ARM 18.8.510(A).

How to apply for oversize/weight trucking permits.

Montana Motor Carrier Service Division
2701 Prospect Avenue
Helena, Montana 59620

Phone: 406-444-6130 or 406-444-7262
Permits are valid for 3 days.  The basic fee is $10.00
More information.

Mountain Time ZoneMontana DOT regulations

See also:
Montana frost/thaw restrictions.

Resource credits:
Montana permit restrictions.
Montana rule subchapter 18.8.6.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. Every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information however you must verify it with the Montana State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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California State Shipping Regulations

2021 California state shipping laws, regulations, rules, and limitations for heavy haul trucking and oversize loads. CA DOT – CALTRANS.

California state shipping regulations.

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Please share your knowledge of California state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

Heavy haul and oversize trucking companies.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in the state of California:

California heavy haul trucking company directory.
California pilot car company directory.
Order California heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.


Legal load limits.

California DOT legal load size & weight limitations for 18 wheeler semi-trucks:

Length: Many measurements for semitrailers by California DOT seem very short because they’re referring to the distance from the king-pin to the rear axle.  Also, certain routes have restrictions on trailer sizes so if you are at any point confused please call the DOT and check California state shipping regulations before traveling. First of all, for passenger-related vehicles, the maximum is 45′ in length overall on approved routes. Semi-trailers: for a single axle semitrailer the maximum length of the trailer allowed is 53′ overall as long as it has two axles. If it has only one axle the maximum trailer length is 38′ overall. The maximum overall legal combination length is 65′ for the heavy haul and oversize sector of the trucking industry however there are additional laws for trucks pulling doubles or triples (dry box) that allow them to max out at 75 feet overall. California also has classifications such as an “STAA” vehicle. You can have a look at green truck dimensions at Truck Map (.pdf)  for further clarification.
Width: 8′ 6″ is the maximum width allowed to travel on any road in the state of California.
Height: 14′ in the maximum legal height allowed to travel in the state of California.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW with no more than 12,500 on a steer axle, 20,000 pounds maximum weight on any single axle, 34,000 pounds maximum on tandem axles and on tridem axle configurations depending on axle spread such as from 10 feet to 10 feet 2 inches (10’2″) tridum is legal at 40,000 pounds. If you feel you are getting close to the legal limits see the section below on “routine trucking permits”.
Overhang: You are allowed 3 feet of front overhang (4 feet for fixed trailers ie; car haulers). The rear overhang is 6′ in most areas but can for sure be no more than 1/3 of the total item being shipped. Be sure to clarify the amount with the California DOT office you are traveling in to make sure. Note: The comment below on vehicle shipping overhang. We welcome your comments below to help others in clarification of the rear overhang.

Routine oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Oversize and heavy haul trucking permits that are routinely issued by California DOT:

Length: 135 feet in overall length is the maximum length on a routine oversize trucking permit that is issued. All others see “superload” info below or learn more about the California length limitations.
Width: 15′ wide is the maximum width issued by a routine oversize trucking permit in California. All others see “superload” info below or learn more about the California width restrictions.
Height: Under 17′ as anything over that height is required to have a route survey. If your route happened to be a well-documented route you might be able to get away without having to do the route survey but it’s not likely. Some shipments may be forced to use a lowboy, double drop, or otherwise, trailer that is purposely lower to the pavement.
Weight: 250,000 pounds maximum (Class C if over or see super loads). Steer axles 12,500 pounds. Single axle; 20,000 pounds, 46,000 pounds on tandem axles, 60,000 pounds on tridum axles. Quadem axles are not recognized for overweight shipments. Depends upon the axle spacings and tire size. Trunnion: 60,000 pounds. Gross Weights: 5 axles is 112,000 pounds; 6 axles – 117,450; 7 axles 158,000 pounds, 8 axles 181,300 pounds (subject to inspection). The weights depend upon the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are tricky in this state. The California  DOT permits office will consider a number of factors but primarily bridges. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out forget it. Pavement structural and stress testing and results will govern your overall capabilities. Learn more details on California heavy haul weight restrictions.
Overhang: Overhang in the state of California is very detailed depending on the amount of front or rear overhang and the route (color; see maps link above). Some shipments may be forced to be loaded onto stretch trailers. See the above folder on left titled “California overhang in-depth” for more information.
Notes: The distance between axles is measured to the nearest whole foot. When a portion is six inches you round up to the nearest foot, ie: 8 feet, and 6 inches is documented as 9 feet.

California overhang in-depth:

California superload information.

Length: If you are over 135′ in length overall you are more than likely going to be classified as a superload in California.
Width: Depending out routing and the number of lanes available on the route but 15′ in some areas would qualify you. Over 17′ in width and you will more than likely be categorized as a superload.
Height: Anything over 18 feet tall will require a route survey. If 18′ feet or over in height you more than likely will be classified as a superload. For detailed information on California’s maximum height limitations check out the state height limitations and routes.
Weight: Of course heavy haul weights are a huge issue. Anytime your overall GVW is over 80,000 pounds or you exceed any of the above (see routine permits) limitations on length, width, or height depending on the route you desire you are subject to be classified as a superload.
Overhang: California is NOT going to let you break the rule of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of overall length can overhang) and they shouldn’t in our opinion from a general viewpoint. Get your proposed routing together and talk to them and see what you come up with would be our suggestion. 15′ possibly routine. 20′ and you are a superload for sure we’d guess.
Notes: Here are some maps for superloads (California calls them “Extralegal” – maybe Arnie came up with that?)that can save you some serious money when you need the information. If you need to hire an expert to take care of your California shipping needs or even consult you we are happy to assist you. Most of the time we can handle your problem over the phone for a reasonable fee but when you need someone in the field we are qualified to assist you.  See consultation.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.

California permitted travel times and restrictions for heavy haul and oversize loads:

Let’s start by clarification of daylight hours; the basic rule is 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. If you do not require a pilot car/escort vehicle and are not overweight (green chart – over 52,000 lbs. on tandem axles or higher see charts in the “superloads” section above) or don’t have anything out of the ordinary going on your travel times are 7 days a week 24 hours a day if you request to do so when you order your permits. The travel times restrictions are loaded so figure this as a rule of thumb (your permit will state your allowed travel times when issued) since this is just for you to get an estimate:

  • No travel from 6 AM until 9 AM in/around Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento & San Francisco.
  • No travel from 3 PM until 6 PM in the same areas with a 1-hour variance.

Your physical permit will state your exact allowed travel times when you get it issued and they will be real close to the above examples. There are simply too many variables to list.
Holiday travel:  There is no holiday travel time permitted in California unless you have a special arrangement with Caltrans. The following holidays are observed as no travel days by California state shipping regulations: New Years Day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, George Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If the holiday is on a Friday or a Monday there is no travel permitted on Saturday or Sunday. Never travel without first verifying approval first which will be documented clearly on your permit.

When pilot cars or escorts are required.

Shipments requiring escort vehicles or pilot cars:

Length: If over 100′ in length in the city of Los Angles or Los Angeles county you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort. This may be required in other areas as well. If over 120 feet and no longer than 135 feet in length on some routes you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. If over 135′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort on any road in the state.
Width: If your shipment is over 12′ wide the “general rule” is you will be required to have 1 front pilot car on 2 lane roads or 1 rear escort on 4 lane roads however note 2 pilot cars are required on some routes. Any shipment in excess of 12 feet should figure on a minimum of 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Height: Once you hit the 18 feet mark in height everything changes. You’ll be required to have a height pole pilot car/escort vehicle and before you even apply for your permit you have to conduct a route survey with the pole set at a minimum of 18 feet and 3 inches (18’3″) as well as a utility company clearance letter. Anything over this height will be required to notify all utility companies in advance of transport.
Weight: There is little mention of weight restrictions and pilot cars. As with many states if the shipment is able to maintain the minimum required speed limits then a pilot car or escort vehicle may not be required. If your shipment is not able to meet the minimum speed requirements then you will more than likely be required to have at minimum 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle and in some cases may even be required to have a police escort. This is based entirely on your proposed route, the weight of the heavy haul shipment, and ultimately the California heavy haul permit department.
Overhang: It all depends on the route. Just as a basic rule to calculate off of (not legally binding) if you have less than 15′ of rear overhang you are probably not going to be required to have a pilot car. If you are dealing with a shipment that has 20′ – 25′ of overhang then yes you are going to be required to have at least 1 pilot car/escort vehicle – if the overhang is in the front then lead and if off of rear chase. If you have both front and rear overhang that is in excess (30′ front and 25′ rear) count on being required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.
Notes: Keep in mind these are basic rules for oversize and heavy haul trucking in California. California state shipping regulations continuously change due to construction, project completions, and policy modifications. Always refer to your oversize trucking permit before traveling.

Pilot car and escort vehicle certifications.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating in California state:

Pilot cars (escort vehicles) are required to have a minimum of one flashing or strobing amber light mounted at the highest point of the vehicle. The light must be visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′ and be completely covered when not tending a shipment. Pilot car vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or a 2-way communication device with a range of no less than 15 miles and be in constant communication with all parties related to the shipment at all times while in transit. The vehicle is required to have identification signs on each side of the vehicle stating the company name, address, and contact telephone number. Vehicle must be equipped with the appropriate banner/sign stating ‘OVERSIZE”, with “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDELOAD” and “LONG LOAD” being used when appropriate that is a minimum of 5’ in width and 10″ in height with black lettering no less than 1 5/8″ letter thickness and a yellow background mounted no less than 48″ from the pavement surface. If not tending a shipment this sign must be fully covered or removed. The vehicle must have one safety colored red flag mounted on each side of the vehicle with a minimum distance of 16″ in either direction. Vehicles must also be equipped with a handheld sign with the words “stop” on one side and “slow on the other, an emergency colored vest/shirt/jacket with reflective stripe and a red emergency flag of no less than 24” in either direction.
Note: In our professional opinion all pilot cars and escort vehicle operators have items in addition to the above:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B, and C, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a hard hat. Also when working in California you want to make sure you have the pilot car maps.

Shipment, truck and trailer flags, lights, and markings.

Truck, trailer, and shipment required signs, banners, and flags:

All trucking companies that are hauling oversize and overweight shipments must have an amber-colored strobing or flashing light affixed to the top of the tractor-trailer cab that is visible 360 degrees from a minimum distance of 500′. Signs that state the exact nature of the shipment; “WIDELOAD”, “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “LONG LOAD”, “EXCESSIVE FRONT OVERHANG”, “EXCESSIVE REAR OVERHANG”. If the shipment is over 100′ overall then the “LONG LOAD” sign shall be displayed and the “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign is to be displayed for lesser lengths and other oversize configurations. The other signs will need to be used when appropriate. When shipping ANYTHING in excess of 80′ in length, 102″ in width, or more than 10′ of overhang you MUST have the appropriate sign on the front of the tractor-trailer and on the rear of the trailer and/or rear of the overall shipment. The signs must have lettering that is a minimum of 10″ in height with a minimum of 1 5/8″ letter thickness with lettering being black in color on a yellow background. All shipments that are in excess of the 102″ must also have safety-colored red flags placed on all corners of the shipment that are no less than 16″ in either direction. Overhang must be flagged as well.  California law defines daylight time as 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset which leaves you open for trouble on lighting which states that during the hours of darkness (we’ve got a 1/2 hour of lee-way time here) you must have 2 red lights on the side and rear (visible from a minimum of 500′) attached to the load or extremities. So, as soon as you pull out in the AM or if it gets close to dusk pull over and put on the red lights so you don’t find yourself in court trying to argue their error in defining “daylight hours” as it is a contradiction that our legal beagles caught while perusing their endless piles of regulations.

California DOT and other information.

California DOT (Caltrans) contact information and other helpful links:

Contact information:
Northern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
PO Box 942874, room 4105
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone helpline:
916-322-1297
Fax line:
916-322-4966
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

Southern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
464 West 4th Street, MS #618
San Bernadino, CA  92401
Telephone helpline:
909-383-4637
Fax line: 909-388-7001
Permit office hours: 8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

Caltrans pilot car maps – PILOT CARS LOOK!
Caltrans oversize, overweight and single trip permits here.
Caltrans oversize and overweight shipping manuals.
Loads of contacts inside of the Caltrans oversize permit offices.
California traffic and road conditions reports.

California state shipping regulations.

California DOT and Caltrans regulations for oversize trucking and heavy haul.

California state flag.

Cities we service in California:

 

Additional info.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the California DOT (Caltrans) Permits office before commencing movement.
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Nebraska State Shipping Regulations

Nebraska State Shipping Regulations

2021 Nebraska state shipping laws, rules, regulations, limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Nebraska oversize, heavy-haul trucking permits.

Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
Nebraska pilot car companies for hire.
Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul permits.

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Nebraska maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required.

Length: Overall no longer than 85 feet on designated highways.  The trailer length maximum is 53 feet.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
Width:  8 feet and 6 inches.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches
Overhang: No set rules, case-by-case.  We figure 3 feet of front or rear should be safe but by no means is that policy. For clarification be sure to refer to your permit.
Notes: For documentation refer to Nebraska legal limitations for transport.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Texas:

Length: Up to 120 feet long is routine. Anything over will be assessed but limits are relaxed.
Weight: They do not use the federal bridge formula. 20,000 pounds per axle is the maximum. Anything over 110,000 pounds combined overall is going to be a superload. 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 40,000 pounds on tandem axles, 60,000 pounds on tridum axles, 80,000 pounds on quadem axles.  A Dummy axle must carry a minimum of 8,000 pounds or 8% of the gross total weight.
Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit.  They are strict on width and over 14 feet wide is going to be looked at as superload unless it’s a light load. Case-by-case but if you are heavy you may need approval from Lincoln, NE (up to 5 days processing times).
Height: Up to 14 feet and  6 inches is considered routine and some routes may require a high pole. If you are over 16’ feet a high pole is mandatory.

Nebraska superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in NE):

For the purpose of this reading, you can figure superload dimensions are anything that is in excess of the dimensions or weights mentioned above in “routine”. If you are close then it will be up to the state to determine if you must file for your permit as a superload or not. See actual Nebraska state oversize and heavy haul trucking laws.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Travel time is a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset leniency rule.  Weekend travel is permitted but they do have travel time restrictions around Lincoln, NE, and Omaha, NE during both weekdays and weekends.  Travel is prohibited on most all holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.

Lights, safety flags, and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required marking, safety flags, warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads:

All loads being shipped in Nebraska must be marked with oversize load signs shipments are also required to have square red or orange fluorescent flags on all four corners to include the power unit and must be 18 inches. Pilot cars or escort vehicles that are used during the shipment must have flags in the front if leading or the rear if chasing. One revolving amber light must be on the top of the power unit as well as on the top of the pilot car. All signs must be yellow and background with black letters no less than 10 inches in height. For nighttime moves on shipments that are in excess of 12 feet wide a light bar attachment is required to be mounted on the rear of the load at a height that is clearly visible by motorists approaching from the rear.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by an escort vehicle or pilot car if:

Length: 90’ one on the rear. Over 100’ needs a rear and a chase pilot car.
Width: They can impose a required pilot car for anything over 8’ 6”.  In some cases, a lightbar can be used in lieu of a pilot car. Loads over 12 wide on 4 lanes are required one rear escort. A front is required for loads on 2 lane highway over 12’ wide. Front and rear are required for loads over 14’ wide. Front escort with a height pole is required for 14’ 6” and over.
Height: Over 14’ 6” needs a pilot car, may need height pole depending on the route.
Overhang: If over 15’ one rear escort is needed.
Note: Allow 1 to 10 days for permits to be approved. Maximum speeds of 45 MPH if 4 or more lanes, 35 MPH is under 4 lanes. Also, read travel restrictions below.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

All escort vehicles or pilot cars must be equipped with an amber light or light bar and must have a left and right side flashing or Rotary amber or yellow light of sufficient size that will be visible 360° from a distance of no less than 800 feet. Lights must be a minimum of 50 candle power bulbs. Lights must be no less than 6 inches in diameter.

Heavy lift being shipped in Nebraska.

Nebraska DOT contact information and notes.

Nebraska DOT office and permit contact information:

Physical and mailing address:
Nebraska Department of Roads
1400 NE Highway 2, Permit Office, Room 123
Lincoln, NE  68509
Telephone: 402-471-0034
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Central Daylight Time

Nebraska cities serviced.

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Nebraska State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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New Mexico State Shipping Regulations

2021 New Mexico DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking.

New mexico shipping rules and regulations.

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Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking & pilot car companies located in New Mexico state:

New Mexico heavy haul trucking company directory.
New Mexico pilot car company directory.

Legal load limits.

Length: 65’on non-designated highways and 57′ 6″ max trailer length for all other areas.
Height: 14′
Width: 8′ 6″ or 102″ depending on route.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. on interstate roads and 80,640 lbs. on all others.
Overhang: We do not have any information on the legal overhang limits. If you have information please share it with others below.

Routine trucking permits.

Length:  There is no clarification on length. We do know that over 190′ is classified as a superload. Routing would be the issue. Please share your expertise below.
Height: 14′
Width: Routine limits on width is another bloodstone.  Routing (mainly sub-routing) is complicated in this state.
Weight: These are the routine weights that are allowed on the Interstates in New Mexico. Still routing is the determining factor. Single axle; 23,000 lbs, tandem axles; 46,000 lbs, tridum axles; 60,000 lbs, quadem axles; 68,000 lbs. Roads other than the Interstate all depend on your axle spacings. Gross weights are: 5 axles; 105,000 lbs, 6 axles; 119,000 lbs, 7 axles; 127,000 lbs, 8 axles; 150,000 lbs. Of course, all of this is totally dependent on the New Mexico DOT so do not assume anything as it seems they want to review any shipments that are pushing the upper limits as they hold back information so it’s “pending approval”.
Overhang: We do not have any information on the legal overhang. If you can help please comment below.

Superload information.

Length: anything over 190′ long.
Width: 20′ wide for sure. Possibly less on sub-routes.
Height: We have no number yet.  The maximum routine is 14′ but that is pretty low. We would think that 17′ would be superload height based on the information we have on this state but routing is everything when it comes to height.
Weight: 200,000 pounds and you are a superload.

Travel times & restrictions.

The sunrise to sunset rule applies in the state of New Mexico. Sunday travel is not allowed and holiday restrictions apply (if overweight interstate travels only with a pilot car). If the holiday is on a Friday then you can only travel until sunset on Thursday. If the holiday is on a Saturday you can not travel past Friday at sunset.  Resuming travel. If the holiday falls on a Saturday you can’t resume travel until Tuesday. Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Day, and Thanksgiving day.

Note: In the cities of Albuquerque, Espanola and Santa Fe you can not travel from the hours of 7 – 9 AM and 4 – 6 PM as high traffic density is the worst during this time.

When pilot cars are required in New Mexico.

Pilot cars (escort vehicles) are required for and shipments that exceed 14′ in width and can be even lower depending on the route you wish to travel.  Pilot cars (escorts) are required for loads exceeding 14′ 6″ on any of the restricted highways, see the pilot car (escort vehicle) map developed by the New Mexico DOT which will furnish all pilot cars (escort vehicles) a complimentary map if you ask. Over-length shipments may require a pilot car (escort) for shipments in excess of  90′ in length overall. If you are over 110′ overall you will be required to have 2 pilot cars (1 front & 1 rear). If the width of the load exceeds 20′ wide you will be required to have a police escort and flag person that is certified to control traffic. The maximum height is 16′. If you are over this height you will be required to have a high pole pilot car (escort vehicle).

Pilot car certifications required.

At the New Mexico DOT port of entry, your pilot car (escort vehicle) will be required to undergo an inspection for certification by the New Mexico DOT while operating in their state. The driver will be required to show all of the following equipment and documentation in/on the vehicle for inspection purposes:

  • Condition of vehicle tires must be excellent and a wheelbase of the vehicle must be a minimum of 100″ and have a rated capacity of no more than 1 and 1/2 ton vehicle.
  • Two-way radio or CB radio units that are capable of transporting well over 10 miles minimum.
  • 2 amber flashing or strobing lights on the two most outer edges of the vehicle that are visible 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. Headlamps are required to be turned on as well when working.
  • At least 1 “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign must be displayed on the vehicle. This sign must have a yellow background with minimum dimensions of 5′ in width and 12″ in height with black letter thickness no less than 1″ thick. Best if mounted on top but can be mounted to the rear if chasing or front if leading.
  • A minimum of 2 florescent orange-colored safety flags no less than 12″ in length on any side.
  • Fire extinguisher with type A, B, and C rating and a minimum of 2 1/2 pounds (5 or larger is suggested).
  • 3 reflective road triangles and 8 ignitable road flares.
  • Safety-colored vest or jacket.
  • The vehicle must display company name, address, and contact information on both sides of the vehicle. New Mexico does not allow any logo shapes that resemble law enforcement/vehicles.
  • Certificate of insurance meeting the minimum requirements for New Mexico DOT which is $50,000, $100,000, and $25,000.

The New Mexico DOT inspections are annual inspections and the duration of validity is determined by the expiration date on the insurance certificate or 1 year, whichever is first.

Shipment truck & trailer markings.

Truck, trailer, and shipment required signs, banners & flags:

Signs must be yellow and black detailed and specific stating; ‘OVERSIZE LOAD”, “OVER HEIGHT LOAD”, “OVER LENGTH LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD”. These signs/banners must be a minimum of 5’ in width, 12″ in height and have letters a minimum of 1″ thick and 10″ in height. Flags must be used at all times with over-dimensional loads. Flags must be safety flags in fluorescent colors of orange or red. and be placed on the 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment (front of truck and rear of trailer).

New Mexico DOT permits & information.

Contact:
New Mexico Motor Transportation Division DOT Permit Office
PO Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028

Helpline phone: 505-827-0665 or 505-827-0376; Fax: 505-827-0071 Also see: Click on Port of Entry. and click on “Port of Entry” link.
Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 AM

Mountain Time Zone

New Mexico state DOT single trip permit application here.
New Mexico motor transportation police here.
New Mexico road and highway conditions, closures, etc. here.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the New Mexico DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Indiana State Shipping Regulations

2021 Indiana state shipping regulations, limitations, rules, and laws for oversize and overweight loads in the state of Indiana.

 

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Indiana State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize trucking and transport.

Indiana State Trucking information website is: http://www.in.gov/dot/business/permits/superl.html

Legal loads.

Length: 60′ (53′ trailers only)
Overhang: 3′ in front and unlimited in back as long as it does not exceed 60′ overall.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., Single axle: 20,000 lbs., Steer: 20,000 lbs., Tandem: 34,000 lbs., Tridem: 42,000 lbs.
Width: 8′ 6″
Height: 13′ 6″

Indiana

Routine oversize shipping, trucking, and transport permits.

Length: 110′
Width: up to 18 feet depending on proposed route..
Overhang: 3′ in front and unlimited in the rear as long as it does not exceed 60′ overall.
Weight: 120,000 lbs. GVW, Single: 28,000 lbs., Steer: 28,000 lbs., Tandem: 48,000 lbs., Tridem: 60,000 lbs.

Pilot cars. Escort vehicle requirements.

Width: 2 lanes and over 12′ 4″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the front.  4 lanes and over 12′ 4″ need one pilot care or escort vehicle in the rear.
Height: 2 lanes over 14′ 6″ need one pilot car or escort vehicle in the front.  4 lanes over 14′ 6″ need one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.
Length: 2 lanes over 85′ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in front. 4 lanes over 85′ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.

Travel restrictions.

Travel permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. You can travel on weekends if less than 10′ wide.  If 10′ wide or over, you can travel until noon on Saturday.

How to apply for trucking permits.

Motor Carrier Services Division
5252 Decatur Blvd., Suite R
Indianapolis, IN 46241

317-615-7200 Voice

Permits are valid for 14 days from the date of issue.

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Indiana State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

2021 Shipping laws and regulations for shipping oversize and over-weight loads in the state of Illinois.

Illinois

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Locate specialized trucking companies in Illinois.
Locate pilot car companies in Illinois.
Order oversize trucking permits.



Legal load limits in Illinois.
Illinois DOT legal load size & weight limitations.

Legal Loads.
Length:  65’ overall length maximum.
Width: 8’6” on the interstate and other designated highways, 8’ on non-designated highways.
Weight:  GVW 80,000,  Single 20,000, Tandem 34,000,   Tridem 42,000
Height:  13’6” is the maximum allowed height for legal loads.
Overhang:  3’ front in the front and 3’ off of the rear of the trailer.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the state of Illinois.

Length:  Up to 145’ long. Anything longer refer to the superload section below.
Weight:  Single 24,000, tandem: 48,000, tridum: 60,000, Quadem: 60,00 gross, 5 Axles 100,000 lbs., 6 Axles 120,000 lbs., 7 axels: 120,000, 8 axles: 120,000 lbs.
Width: 14’6” (any load over 16′ will require special admin approval before a permit is issued).
Height: 15’ (any load over 16′ tall requires a route survey).

Superload information:
Illinois DOT superload information.

Length: Any load that is longer than 145′ is considered a superload.
Width: Any load that is in excess of 14′ 6″ in width is considered a superload.
Height: Any load that is in excess of 15′ 6″ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Any load that exceeds 120,000 lbs on any standard axle configuration whether it’s a 6,7 or 8 axle configuration or not is considered a superload.
Overhang: Contact them as this varies depending on the route.
Notes: Spacing between steer and first tandem must be more than 8′ 1″. The spacing before the first axle and the trailer must not exceed 18′ 6″.  All axle spacings combined must not be less than 43′ 6″. Superload permit processing times vary. Expect delays. Before requesting a route you are expected to do as much research on your own as possible. They will refer you to GettingAroundIllinois for construction zones and other closures. 

Permitted travel times and restrictions in Illinois:
Illinois travel times and restrictions for oversize loads.

Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset  Monday thru Friday and ½ hour before sunrise until 12PM on Saturdays. Loads that are overweight only may travel 24/7 on all days of the week (make certain it is not documented otherwise on your permit before doing so). No travel is permitted on Sundays unless you are below the routine permit standards of no more than 115′ in length, 12′ in width, 13′ 6″ in height (sunrise to sunset rules apply).  No movement is permitted on the major holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Travel stops at 12PM on the day before any of these holidays. The Illinois oversize load permit office is closed on MLK Day, Lincoln’s birthday, Washington’s birthday, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, and on the day after Thanksgiving. However, travel is not restricted on these days. Always refer to your permit for approved travel times.

Required shipment, truck and trailer markings:
Truck, trailer, and shipment required signs, banners, and flags.

A rotating amber light must remain on at all times mounted on top of the cab and be visible from 360 degrees from a minimum of 500′ in direct sunlight. If your overall length is more than 80′ in length you are required to have one amber light over the cab of the truck and one amber light no more than 10′ from the rear of end or trailer/load at the highest point that is practical. Oversize load signs must be a minimum of 7′ in width x 18″ in height, have a yellow background color with black lettering no less than 10″ in height x 1″ thick – we have recently heard 12″ tall x 2″ thick so please clarify and comment below if you know which is correct. Flags are required at all 4 corners of the load and front of the truck and are to be safety red in color and no less than 18″ square. Shipments over 75′ in length, 10′ in width, or 14′ 6″ in height are required to have signs. Signs must be placed on the front and rear extremities of the truck, trailer, or load.

When pilot cars are required:

Length: If over 110′ in length you are required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car and in some places 2 pilot cars (higher traffic density or certain times of year). If over 145′ (150′ in some very rural areas) in length you are required to have 3 pilot cars –  yes 3. If over 175′ in length a police escort will be required.
Width: Up to 14’6” requires 1 pilot/escort vehicle. Over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in width will require a police escort. 
Height: Up to 14’ 6” 1 pilot/escort vehicle, over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in height will require a police escort.
Weight: No requirements as long as you can maintain minimum speeds. However, on bridge moves that require all other vehicle traffic to be removed will require an appropriate number of pilot cars which is a minimum of 2 and possibly 3 with police escort. All areas are different and require evaluation.
Note: If you exceed any two dimensions, then you are required to have an additional pilot car. So if you’re over 14′ 6″ tall and 14′ 6″ wide you would be required to have 2 pilot cars.  

Required pilot car certifications:

Cars, vans, or trucks may be used as long as the gross weight of the pilot car vehicle is rated at no more than 8,000 lbs. Pilot car driver must be 18 years of age minimum with a valid regular driver’s license. Pilot cars must have a rotating or flashing amber light mounted on the top of the vehicle. Must display a red flag at all 4 outermost points of the vehicle and have “OVERSIZE LOAD” signs that are a minimum size of 5′ wide x 12″ tall and have black lettering no less than 8″ in height. Must have radio and be in constant communication with the driver transporting the shipment at all times. Must have $500,000 per occurrence combined insurance that covers property and body.

How to apply for trucking permits:

Illinois Department of Transportation – DOT
Bureau of Traffic, 2300 S Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL  62764

Email: dot.permitoffice “at” illinois.gov
General inquiry phone: 217-782-6273
Phone: 217-785-1477 or 800-252-8636 within the state.
Fax: 217-728-3572

Note: Fee varies depending on dimensions and miles traveled. A permit is valid for 5 days.

Hours: from 8 AM until 4:30 PM

Central Time Zone

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Illinois State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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Massachusetts State Shipping Regulations

2021 Massachusetts DOT regulations for shipping oversize and overweight loads. Trucking company and pilot car reference information.

Massachusetts shipping regulations.

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Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts heavy haul trucking company directory.
Massachusetts pilot cars and truck escorts.
Massachusetts oversize trucking permits.

Legal load limits.

Massachusetts DOT legal load size and weight limitations:

Length: We’ve got 48′ on a trailer length and that you have to have a permit for a 53′ trailer. Working on an overall legal length. Please comment below.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum height allowed.
Weight:
8′ 6″ in the maximum height allowed by the Massachusetts DOT – see MA DOT website for legal limits.
Overhang:
3′ in the front and 4′ off of the rear of the trailer.

Routine trucking permits.

Massachusetts oversize and overweight trucking permits that are issued by the DOT routinely:

Length: 115′ is the maximum load length on a routine trucking permit.
Width: 14′ 11″  wide is the limit on routine permits.
Height: 14′ 11″ on the maximum height as well for routine permits.
Weight: Everything depends on the axle spacings here. You will still max out at about 130,000 lbs and after that, it’s probably a superload but you never know – axle spacings and routing is everything.
Overhang: Case by case basis. Figure probably around 12′ but maybe more.
Notes: Any loads over 13′ 8″ are going to require a route survey unless it is the main road routing with simplicity. There is no fee for a special handling permit for vehicles that are under the following restrictions: 12′ 0″ wide, 13′ 6″ height, 99,000 lbs maximum, 100′ in length.

Superload information.

Massachusetts superload information:

For shipments in excess of 130,000 lbs depending on your route, you may be classified as a superload. We need more superload information on this state if you can share your superload experience with the Massachusetts DOT we’d sure appreciate it. See below for easy comments.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Massachusetts DOT travel time and restrictions for oversize and overweight shipments:

Daylight hours are defined as from sunrise to sunset. You are permitted to travel Monday morning from 12’01 am until 12 noon on Saturday morning during the daylight hours. This includes shipments that are between the width of 12′ and 14′, over 80′ in length (but not over 115′), and over 14′ in height with the exception of 3:30 PM until 7 PM due to traffic density on Mondays thru Fridays. For shipments that are in excess of 14′ wide and over 115′ in length are permitted to travel only between the hours of 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM and may travel only on the days of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Additional restrictions may apply depending on your routing so be sure to refer to the documentation on your physical permit before commencing movement.  You may not travel on any of these holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas day.

When pilot cars are required.

Massachusetts DOT may require your shipment to have a pilot car(s) or escort vehicle(s) if you are over any of the following:

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS:

Length: 80′ – 94′ 11″ in length will require you to have 1 rear pilot car/escort. If over 94′ 11″ you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car. If you are over 134′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car as well as a police escort.
Width: Shipments that are from 12′ 1″ and up to 13′ 6″  wide require 1 rear escort vehicle unless you are shipping a dozer. A dozer requires 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle. For shipments in excess of 13′ 6″, you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort on all roads.
Height:  If your shipment is in excess of  13′ 8″ you are required to have a high pole survey. If your shipment is over 14′ 11″ you are required to have 1 front pilot car with a high pole and 1 rear escort with a police escort.
Weight: Depending on your routing and if you can maintain the minimum required posted speed limits you will more than likely not be required to have a pilot car or escort vehicle by the Massachusetts DOT.
Overhang: If you have over 4′ of rear overhang consisting of long materials like poles, boat masts, and booms you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If you have equipment with an overhang in excess of 10′ or more you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
Notes: If the routing on your shipment will take you through tunnels you will be required to have at a minimum 1 rear escort vehicle if over 8′ 6″ – 12′ wide.

MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKES:
Length If your shipment is over 80′ but under 85′ you are required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is over 85′ but less than 135′ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 135′ you will be required to have 1 front pilot car, 1 rear escort vehicle, and 2 police escorts.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 12′ you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 13′ wide you will be required to have 1 front pilot car, 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 15′ you will be required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle plus 2 police escorts.
Height: We have found no reference to pilot car high pole requirements on the Massachusetts turnpike. If you have any information please help others by commenting below.
Weight: Weight restrictions are handled on a case-by-case basis for the Massachusetts turnpike.
Overhang: 1 rear escort is required if you have overhand in excess of 4′ that is skinny in nature like a long pole, boat mast, etc. If the overhang is in excess of 10′ but not skinny in nature you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
Notes: The turnpike can do pretty much whatever they want so if you find your trip requirements modified from what you expected then that is just the way it is. You could always appeal the decision. For items suck as drivable cranes and booms up to about 12′ in the width you are usually required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.

IN THE CITY OF BOSTON:
Notes: If you are overweight or oversize you will most likely be required to have at a minimum, 1 pilot car/escort vehicle, and 1 police escort.

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

The Massachusetts DOT maintains that pilot cars and escort vehicles meet the following:

Massachusetts DOT requires all escort vehicles to have 2 flashing or strobing amber lights that are visible from both the front and the rear of the vehicle as well as have 2 safety colored red or orange flags mounted to the vehicle that is no less than 24″ square in shape. At least one sight that states “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted and visible from either the front or the rear of the vehicle depending if you are piloting (front) or escorting (rear).

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer, and shipment required signs, banners, and flags:

An oversize load sign should be placed on the rear of the trailer or load whichever is appropriate. The dimensions for this sign should be no less than 7′ in length x 18″ in height with a yellow background and black letters with a line thickness of no less than 1 1/2″ thick and letters no less than 10″ in height. Safety colored red or orange flags are required at a minimum of the 4 most outer extreme corners and be no less than 18″ in length in any direction.
Note: in addition, we suggest an amber light but at the time of this writing Apr 2013 it is not required.

Massachusetts DOT and other information.

Massachusetts DOT contact information and other helpful links:

Massachusetts DOT contact information:
Special Hauling Permit – Department of Transportation
668 South Avenue
Weston, MA  02493
Fax: 781-431-5014 – They have no phone number listed. EASTERN TIME ZONE.
For Massachusetts DOT general department phone number: 857-368-4636
General MA DOT E-mail page (bottom of page) for contacting them.
MA DOT oversize and overweight website.
MA DOT information on oversize and overweight trucking permits.
MA DOT oversize and overweight permit form (.pdf format).
MA road closure and closed highway information.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Massachusetts State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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2021 Arizona State Shipping Regulations

2021 Arizona state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

Arizona

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Please share your expertise of Arizona state DOT trucking regulations with other visitors below.

As per the state of Arizona please read the following:

“The Arizona Department of Transportation in cooperation with state representatives, industry, the Department of Public Safety  and local law enforcement personnel work in collaboration to update and amend oversize and overweight special permit rules containing special permit requirements, restrictions and allowances for transporting oversize and overweight vehicles and loads on highways under the jurisdiction of the Department. This is a council established in statute and makes up the Over-dimensional Permit Council.

These rules detail the eligibility, application and use requirements for a variety of permits the Department currently issues to commercial motor carriers for transporting vehicles or vehicle and load combinations exceeding the maximum size or weight limitations provided by statute.

Each special permit provided by the Department under these rules is specifically authorized by statute.  The oversize and overweight special permits issued under these rules are that each permittee issued a particular class of permit is subject to the same activities, practices, requirements and restrictions applicable to that permit type. The statutes additionally provide authority for issuance, conditions, restrictions, approvals and fees.”


Arizona oversize permits, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.

Locate oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars:

Arizona pilot cars and truck escorts for hire.
Arizona oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
Arizona oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Arizona maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: Anything over 65 feet in length overall requires a permit on non-designated highways.
Overhang: 3 feet in the front and 6 feet off of the rear of trailer maximum (make sure your route is approved for overhang as there are location variations).
Weight: 80,000 pounds overall (GVW), 12,000 pounds on steer axle.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches wide maximum.
Height: 14 feet maximum on interstates and 13 feet and 6 inches in height on secondary roads.

Routine heavy haul and oversize trucking permits in Arizona.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Arizona:

Length: 120 feet maximum or proceed to super load section.
Weight:  250,000 pounds maximum (Class C if over or see superloads). Single axle is 28,000 pounds maximum. All tandem, tridum, trunnion and quadem axle configurations depend on axle spacings and tire sizes. Gross weight maximums: 5 axles is 104,000 pounds, 6 axles is 108,000 pounds, 7 axles is 117,000 pounds. The permissible maximum weights depend on the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are a little bit tricky in this state. The Arizona DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but it’s primarily about the bridges which could require a route survey if extreme weights are involved. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out, forget it! Pavement, structural and stress testing results will govern your overall permissible capabilities.
Width: 14 feet wide maximum or file under super load.
Height: 16 tall maximum or file under super load.
Overhang:  3 feet of front or 6 feet off of the rear or any configuration that is in excess of 75 feet. They could require you to use a stretch trailer before allowing you to proceed under super load provisions.
Notes: These above routinely permitted shipments will need to be filed as class “A” permits. Class A permits are anything under 120 feet in length, 14 feet in width, 16 feet in height or under 250,000 pounds overall. Maximum speed is set at 55 mph for all oversize/overweight shipments.

Super load information for Arizona.

Arizona state DOT will classify your shipment as a super load if you are in excess of any of the following:

If a shipment exceeds any of the following it is classified as a superload and will require a class C permit. Class C permits are “super load permits”. If any shipment is in excess of 120 feet in length or 14 feet in width or 16 feet in height or 250,000 pounds in weight it is classified as a super load.
Notes: For mobile home shipments and more class C permit information expand the file just below.

Arizona class C permits.

Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required safety markings, safety flags, warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads:

If shipment is over 102″ in width it must be flagged on the 4 outtermost corners of the entire combined shipment. Flags must be red in color and be not less than 12″ in either direction. Proper “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” banner/sign bust be displayed on both the upper most front of overall shipment (front of truck) no less than 5′ from the pavement line. Banner/sign must be no less than 6′ in length and 12′ in height with reasonable and size letting thickness and height. If you are seeking or awarded night movement reflective or illuminated banners/signs are required.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanies by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

Length: On 2 Lanes:Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck and 1 rear of truck.
Width: On 2 lanes over 14’ requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle in front of truck and 1 the rear of truck. On Interstates over 15’ wide you are required to have 1 pilot car in front of truck.
Height: Over 17 feet requires 1 pilot car equipped with a height pole in front of truck.
On Interstates: Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a manufacturers gross weight rating not to exceed over over 20,000 pounds. All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle.  Sign must be at least 6 feet long and 12 inches in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5 inches tall and 1 inch in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12 inches in length quare and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle.   Vehicle must be equipped with a  CB radio or 2-way communication device, 8 ignitable road flares and have a first-aid kit.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads in Arizona.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

The one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies.  Travel on weekends and holidays is permitted. Night time travel applies to any shipment that does not exceed 120 feet in length or 16 feet wide or 16 feet tall or less than 250,000 pounds. If your are empty but over weight you’ll be allowed to travel continuously more than likely. If overweight only you will probably be allowed continuous travel. Under 10 feet of overhang, 10 feet in width or 14 feet in height will more than likely be granted continuous travel. Some loads will NOT be granted travel on weekends. Always refer to the documentation on your permit to verify travel times.

Arizona DOT office and permit contact information:

Arizona DOT contact information and notes:

Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT)
1225 N 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Telephone: 602-771-2960
Office hours: 8 AM until 5PM Monday – Friday.
Arizona observes Mountain Time.
Website:
 Arizona DOT permits.
Notes: For class C permits: 602-712-8176 or 8280. All laws, regulations, rules and limitations are now set fourth in: Arizona transportation-permit laws.

Arizona cities serviced.

Additional info.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Arizona State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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